Title: Wolf by Wolf
Author: Ryan Graudin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.
Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?
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In a world where the Nazi’s have won World War II, Yael is the only person who can change things. After escaping from the death camp where she was experimented on, she joins a resistance that plans to take down Hitler. Due to her experimentation, Yael is now a skin shifter. Yael plans to portray the Axis Tour’s most recent winner, Adele Wolfe. Yael will race in the Axis Tour, win, and kill Hitler.
Wolf by Wolf follows Yael as she prepares for the Axis Tour and during her time in the Axis Tour. There are many flashbacks that relive Yael’s time in the death camp. There are also flashbacks that show what Yael had to do in order to prepare herself for the Axis Tour. I throughly enjoyed the flashbacks. Each flashback shows us a little more of who Yael used to be and how far she has come.
Yael is a determined, kick-butt, tough, and driven character. Even as a young child, Yael was iron-willed. Yael will stop at nothing to reach her goals. Yet, after everything she has endured, she still has compassion and kindness. Intimidating Adele has shown her what the war looks like from the other side. While Yael’s plans to kill Hitler don’t change, she learns that those who aren’t in the resistance aren’t bad people.
Although the second half of this book is more fast paced than the first half, Wolf by Wolf was a captivating read from start to finish. Wolf by Wolf was one of my anticipated reads this year and I am delighted to say that I enjoyed this book so much! Wolf by Wolf is the first book by Graudin I have read and I will certainly be reading more books by this author in the future!
4.5 out of 5 stars
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